Katie Hess

Katie Hess

2017 Scholarship Recipient - Undergraduate Award (Pennsylvania)

2016 Scholarship Recipient - Undergraduate Award (Pennsylvania)

Thank you for sponsoring this scholarship. I am very much looking forward to working in the agriculture industry upon graduation, and I greatly appreciate the willingness of industry professionals to invest in the education of students. Thank you again!

Hometown: Lancaster, PA

School: Pennsylvania State University

Major / Species: Animal Science with Minor in Agribusiness Management and Poultry and Avian Science

Career Goals: Growing up on a dairy farm, my passion for the agricultural industry began at a young age. Throughout elementary school I spent my afternoons feeding calves and following my dad around the farm and “helping” him with his chores. In middle school and high school, I began milking regularly and started thinking about pursuing a career in the agriculture industry. My four high school FFA advisors attended Penn State and strongly encouraged me to look into options there and even facilitated a college visit. After visiting Penn State and meeting with the Animal Science Advising Coordinator, Jana Peters, I knew that Penn State was exactly where I needed to go to lead to a career in the animal agriculture industry. At Penn State, I am majoring in Animal Science and minoring in both Agribusiness Management and Poultry and Avian Science. This past January, I completed an externship at Bell and Evans, a family owned commercial poultry grow out and processing company. I shadowed the Flock Supervisors and learned as much as I could about the poultry industry as well as opportunities at Bell and Evans. I was offered an internship for the summer in which I will be gaining experience in their brand new state of the art hatchery, both of their processing plants, as well as live production. Upon graduation, I hope to work for Bell and Evans as a Flock Supervisor to provide support to their growers and evaluate the health of the flocks. Since Bell and Evans is close to home, I plan to remain involved with the family dairy farm, milking on weekends and doing some of the breeding.